Kugali Media, in partnership with Disney Animation, are producing an animated series to be released in 2022 on Disney+.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ chief creative officer, Jennifer Lee, made the announcement during the 2020 Disney Investor Day livestream. Set in Lagos, Nigeria, the show – titled Iwájú – is a science-fiction story that will explore “deep themes of class, innocence and challenging the status quo”.
Who are Kugali?
If you love African comic books, then you’ve heard probably read, or at least heard of, the comic book anthology series produced by the team at Kugali Media.
Recognized for a collaborative approach and a pan-African vision that pulls together artists and writers from across the African continent, Kugali Media has released several award winning comic book anthologies and shone a light on several otherwise hidden creative talents.
Founded by the trio of Fikayo Adeola Nelson, Hamid Ibrahim and Tolu Olowofoyeku, Kugali made a name for itself by showcasing high quality art and story-telling.
Learn more about Kugali Media.
Lee went on to explain how it was the audacious claims of the team during a BBC interview that caught her eye and led to their eventual collaboration.
“I was intrigued,” she said. “Here was three talented comic book artists. Their dream was to bring African stories created by African artist to the world, highlighting the diversity of cultures, histories and voices across the continent. Their talents as storytellers blew us away. ”
In a statement, Kugali Media said, “It’s been quite a challenge keeping this one a secret for so long, but we could not be more proud to share this with you all!”